You’ve heard about women giving birth in elevators, on airplanes — and even at Disneyland. Now comes the story of mom who pushed out a six pound, two ounce, baby girl during a high-speed police chase in South Carolina on New Year’s Eve.
Tiffani Von Glahn and Carl Alewine, who live about an hour away from Charleston’s MUSC hospital, screeched out of their driveway when labor began three weeks early.
“He was going about 90-95 and a police officer came up behind us to pull us over,” Von Glahn told local news station WCBD. “I was like, ‘No, don’t you stop,’ because I felt her coming.”
The first-time parents were panicked about getting to Charleston for good reason: Von Glahn’s pregnancy was high-risk and there was a high chance of complications during the delivery. “The way she was sitting at the time, she would’ve gotten stuck and I would’ve had to have a C-section,” Von Glahn said. “So I was thinking there was no way I could have her naturally.”
When Alwine failed to pull over for law enforcement, they assumed he was attempting to flee and the chase began. “I look back and there’s like 20 police cars, and they had the exits blocked off and everything,” she told WCBD. “Eventually, it got to where they had to box us in to stop us.”
Alewine was placed in handcuffs. “Just for safety reasons,” explained Von Glahn, “because they were saying there are people out there that will fake having a pregnant wife.”
It was then that baby Anastasia decided to make her debut in a car parked in the middle of an interstate. And while there were no doctors, there were plenty of police officers to help.
“I’m sitting there, watching her born on the hood of the car, fireworks going off in the background because it’s New Year’s,” Alewine told WCBD. “And then they let me out of handcuffs and the cops started clapping and congratulating us.”
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